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New Year’s Awards 2021: The constellation of Kiwi stars shines brightly | Instant News

Get up, Sir Dave Dobbyn (left). Artists have been respected for music services for decades. Dame Anne Salmond (right) has been made a member of the Order of New Zealand. Photos / Files

The many people praised at this year’s New Year’s awards are not surprising – their names are well known.

One of them is a musician Dave Dobbyn, whose classics are well-known to many and will likely be on the playlists of many New Year’s gatherings tonight.

Dobbyn is one of four people who will become the Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit.

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Then there is public health expert Professor Michael Baker who frequently appears in the news offering his expertise as the Covid-19 crisis hits New Zealanders throughout the year. Baker has been appointed a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to public health sciences.

There are also names like Rob Fyfe, former chief executive of Air New Zealand, publisher Roger Steele, and Burton Shipley – husband of former Prime Minister Jenny Shipley.

However, there is another name that many people have never heard of. Many of the 154 people currently respected are not household names. Two people – members of the Defense Force – cannot even be named.

So far, the largest number of awards have been given for contributions to community, voluntary and local services.

They include men and women from every region of New Zealand.

On top of today’s awards were Maori health leaders and visionaries, Professor Emeritus Sir Mason Durie from Feilding, and Dame Anne Salmond from Auckland.

Both have been members of the New Zealand Order, joined by Richie McCaw and Helen Clark. Previous members include Sir Edmund Hillary and Dame Whina Cooper.

Sir Mason Durie is a recipient of the Order of New Zealand.  Photo / Provided
Sir Mason Durie is a recipient of the Order of New Zealand. Photo / Provided

Durie and Salmond have earned accolades in careers for decades. Their accomplishments cover many areas, and space quickly runs out when describing their work.

Salmond, a Pākehā who studied Te Reo Māori in the 1960s when it was far from being fashionable to do so, was a mold breaker.

Maybe Dobbyn too. Its musical output has spanned decades and different genres, providing soundtracks to some of Aotearoa’s brightest and darkest moments.

Dobbyn told the Herald that his famous 1986 hit song, Slice of Heaven, didn’t really belong anywhere when it was released.

Even though the song went against convention, Dobbyn remained confident.

“I know it’s a winner.”

Dan Salmond, who has praised his New Zealand colleagues, said our achievements as a country this year should make us all proud.

Defying the destroyers, the Kiwis of 2020 are determined to lock in, and embrace the concepts of kindness and aroha as a brutal pandemic looms.

That success made Salmond hope for around 2021.

“In many ways when I think about the future, I am very optimistic about what we can do here at Aotearoa.”

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Rise up Sir Dave, faithful knight

David Joseph Dobbyn, KNZM
For music services

Dave Dobbyn has been the Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit at this year's New Years Awards.  Photo / Provided
Dave Dobbyn has been the Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit at this year’s New Years Awards. Photo / Provided

Songwriter Dave Dobbyn thinks he’s at a loss for words. It’s not the glamor in Rhythm and Vines or the frantic rockstar lifestyle that baffles her.

He had just arrived from the motel in his van, he was sober and, nearly an hour before he played, he was chatting on the phone from a house near the Gisborne festival stage.

It was an upcoming knighthood title that confused him. Will his arm be cut off in an ancient royal ceremony? Will he be given war horse knights to replace the van?

“I don’t know what to say. It’s all new territory. I’m not really sure because I don’t believe what I’m reading. So I have to ask my wife to interpret it.”

Together with politician David Carter, broadcaster Ian Taylor and reo and tikanga professors William Te Rangiua Temara, Dobbyn will become a Knight Friend of the New Zealand Order of Merit.

That’s a wordy way of saying you can now call him Sir Dave.

Dobbyn said his children responded to the news with joy and appeared incredulous.

“Then I started ordering them – but it didn’t work.”

Dobbyn sounds like an old friend you meet after a few years, or your favorite uncle, who you only see once every few Christmas but immediately disarms you with hilarious anecdotes.

He said tonight he would be removed from the stage before 8pm like some “old man” the organizers didn’t want.

“They want to make us a cup of tea before 8.”

He joked that he would then be replaced with “doof-doof music” and the crowd waved their hands in the air.

For some boozers, this month is No Remember December. Last year, Dobbyn quit drinking during an alcohol-free cancer fundraising campaign called Dry July.

He’s stepped away from the turps, and 15 months later said throwing out alcohol was the best thing he’s ever done.

“You can finish sentences and structure them better and stop beating yourself up. I kind of hate who I am and how reactive I am and how insane I am.

“I limit myself to beer – it’s one way of trying to pretend I’m not a drinker or alcoholic. The whole circle of binge and drinking and so on, it just blocks the music.”

Many New Zealanders likely have a favorite Dave Dobbyn song, even if they don’t know.

Given her huge contributions over the decades (with Th ‘Dudes, with DD Smash, with Herbs, and during her solo career), you may hate some of her songs but adore others.

Without Dobbyn, there would be no Bliss, Be Mine Tonight, no Loyal, no Slice of Heaven, no Devil You Know, no Whaling.

For 40 years, he’s been interwoven with some of New Zealand’s most poignant and divisive moments.

She was blamed for inciting the Queen St riots. 1984, later cleared of error.

Loyal was used in an early 2000s America’s Cup campaign, in which New Zealanders were urged to buy a $ 10 car air flag of the same color.

In 2004, he joined musicians to raise money for the Algerian refugee family, Ahmed Zaoui.

After the Pike River tragedy, he recorded the tribute This Love with Orpheus Choir of Wellington and Wellington Young Voices in 2014.

Returning to R&V, Dobbyn says that writing a song drives it, just like the pursuit of happiness – in his words, creates something really great and makes people happy. He said the same chase prompted a craftsman to make custom furniture.

Wanting your creation to stand the test of time is one thing. But how do you know when you are successful? When Slice of Heaven was released in 1986, did he know how good it was?

Yes, that’s right, said Dobbyn without hesitation. He can feel it.

Other people can feel it too.

Da da da, this, this da da, this da da this, this, da da da.

Dobbyn says Slice of Heaven doesn’t fit into any of the prints. It stands out. He said one radio show host who had a selfish grudge refused to play it for six weeks. The song was in the trailer for the box-office smash hit Footrot Flats, and massive popular demand forced the DJ’s hand.

Dobbyn is playing at more festivals this summer and isn’t worried about going abroad any time soon.

He knows it is difficult to say how the global Covid-19 pandemic might have come and after hearing from relatives in California, he is in no rush to go to the United States.

“I would love to just play in New Zealand for the rest of my life. I get a lot of joy from him.”

Meanwhile, the desire for another slice of heaven motivated him, as did the smiles on people’s faces as they sang together.

“You always want a goal bigger than yourself.”

Optimistic scholars about New Zealand

Honorable Professor Dame Mary Anne Salmond, ONZ
For services to New Zealand

Dame Anne Salmond has been honored with the New Zealand Order.  Photo / Dean Purcell
Dame Anne Salmond has been honored with the New Zealand Order. Photo / Dean Purcell

Much of the world was unraveling when Dame Anne Salmond picked up the phone at her sanctuary outside Gisborne.

Covid-19 attacks dozens of countries, including many of the richest countries in the world. Some are in the third wave of mass death and chaos this year.

But anthropologists, historians and TV hosts are optimistic ahead of 2021.

Together with Professor Emeritus Sir Mason Durie, Salmond has become a member of the Order of New Zealand, the highest tier in the country’s royal awards system, where he will join forces with Richie McCaw, former prime minister and Murray Halberg.

Sure, he’s excited about the big New Year’s awards, but New Zealand’s response to the pandemic excited him.

Aotearoa is one of the few places where crowds can safely cheer up a fireworks or laser show, and where the next day, the red-eyed can dance and sing along at a festival.

Salmond said the country must consider how it can share its lessons with the rest of the world.

He said our ability to temper the neoliberal philosophy was one of the reasons New Zealand was successful this year, be it in assessing the epidemic or its economy.

“Since the 80s we have had a cult of economics towards individuals. In New Zealand we were very strong with that philosophy for a while and you see the effect it has on our current level of inequality. But at the same time, we ‘We always had fair values -Go very strong. “

Salmond also praised the Māori concept of aroha.

“Aroha is a beautiful concept because it is really about feeling fellow, caring for others. I think it’s about looking after other people but also taking care of other life systems and life forms.”

He said that a worldview benefits people not only during a pandemic, but can help us overcome the ecological crisis facing the world and 7.8 billion people today.

Over the years, the University of Auckland’s Professor of Maori Studies and Anthropology has been recognized for his work on intercultural understanding.

He seems genuinely interested in how to make this country better, and how learning te reo Māori can help us better understand the past, present and future.

Salmond said enthusiasm to learn te reo is now very important. It was a different story in the 1960s.

“When I was young and very fascinated by te reo and started studying it … it was not uncommon for Pākehā to be attracted to te reo or Māori tikanga or those things.

“In fact, it’s considered quite eccentric and not always great.”

Some fanatics, he said, harshly ignored Te Reo even though they knew so little about him.

But Pākehā culture is not static, and views about our native language have increased.

As Salmond and his Tairāwhiti neighbors prepare for the first rays of the sun in 2021, he hopes New Zealand can learn from this wild and brutal year and build a better future.

“In many ways when I think about the future, I am very optimistic about what we can do here at Aotearoa.”


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Christmas Weather: A rainy week in New Zealand to finish comes on a big day | Instant News

Forecasters call the Christmas forecast “very lucky,” because while it may not be a hot and scorching Kiwi summer day, it could be much worse.

After a week of rain and torrential rain in most parts of the country, MetService now predicts a relatively quiet Christmas Day in most places, although for some places it may feel a little closer to winter than they would like.

Tropical Cyclone Yasa, the former category 5 system that destroyed parts of Fiji and killed four people, has now been downgraded to a tropical cyclone as it moves south of Tonga.

At one stage, it appeared tracking for a direct attack on the North Island but, thanks to this week’s strong high pressure, the system has weakened substantially and every remainder is looking to track down the southeastern part of the country.

“We are very fortunate not to have a tropical cyclone hit us over Christmas,” said MetService meteorologist Ashlee Parkes.

“It’s still active so it’s hard to trace, but at this stage it appears to be moving southeast of the country.”

However, two low pressure systems are expected to arrive in the coming days from across the Tasman Sea.

Although not associated with the Yasa, they will bring warm tropical air from the northwest, which means plenty of humidity for the West Coast of the South Island.

The eastern part of the North Island will be a hotspot, with conditions and temperatures at their best in the late 20s.

Parkes said the first lows would bring rain on Monday to most of the South Island.

Keep the heavy rains in effect today for Westland south of Glacier and Fiordland north of Milford Sound.

The North Island looks pretty good, with only a few showers in the interior of southern Waikato.

Low temperatures will continue across the country on Tuesday, bringing torrential rains to the two main islands.

The system will gradually clear up on Wednesday, with the North Island looking good again along with the South Island early, before another, lower arriving late brings more rain to the West Coast and potentially spreading east to Canterbury.

Few places around the country will look like this next Christmas Day, however, it could be a lot worse.  Photos / Files
Few places around the country will look like this next Christmas Day, however, it could be a lot worse. Photos / Files

This is likely to continue through Thursday, before clearing up at night with calmer southwest streams taking over.

“It will cause isolated rain in the west and that’s fine but with a cloudy period in the east,” said Parkes.

“This isn’t your classic Kiwi summer day, but it will be even better than what we will have earlier this week.”

On big days, Auckland will witness beautiful spells and high temperatures of 21C.

The best spots are seen in the eastern part of the North Island, with Tauranga and Napier hitting 25C highs and mostly sunny weather.

Meanwhile, the South Island looks a little worse, taking on more of the weight of the cool southwest stream.

Christchurch will hit 18C, while Dunedin will only hit 16C with the shower and Invercargill 15C even cooler.

Christmas Day Forecast

Whangarei Good spell. Southwesterlies easing. 24C high, 15C overnight.

Auckland Good spell. Southwesterlies easing. High 21C, 15C overnight.

Hamilton Good spell. Southwesterlies is gradually dying. 22C high, 10C overnight.

Tauranga Good spell. Southwest is dying in the morning. 25C high, 13C overnight.

New Plymouth Good spell. Southwesterlies. High 20C, 11C overnight.

Rotorua Good spell. Southwest is dying in the morning. 23C high, 10C overnight.

Napier Cloudy period. Southerlies are gradually dying. High 25C, 14C overnight.

WellingtonAlright. Southerners are dying in the afternoon. High 20C, 11C overnight.

NelsonAlright. Southwest is dying. 22C high, 10C overnight.

ChristchurchCloudy period. Northeast is growing. 18C high, 8C overnight.

DunedinCloudy period. Rain from morning. The wind became light. High 16C, 8C overnight.


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Cruise ships sailing from New Zealand this summer | Instant News


Explore New Zealand’s most remote places on a cruise this summer. Photo / T Kraakman

Small is lovely when it comes to summer cruises in New Zealand, with boutique lines like Affinity Cruises, Fiordland Discovery and Heritage Expeditions offering Kiwi-only cruises for the 2020/21 season.

The Spirit of the Heritage Expedition


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‘Unity corrupt alliance’ comes to power to plunder money: Shahbaz Gill – Pakistan | Instant News

Published in 05 December, 2020 13.27

Shahbaz Gill said the economic indicators were positive due to reforms by the government despite the coronavirus.

ISLAMABAD (Dunya News) – Special Assistant to the Prime Minister of Political Communication Dr. Shahbaz Gill said Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) was in power to serve the country while the ‘corrupt alliance union’ came to loot money.

SAPM took to Twitter and said the economic indicators were positive due to reforms by the incumbent government despite the coronavirus. Every sector is improving thanks to the efforts of Prime Minister Imran Khan.

“Cell phone smuggling has ended because of the Device Identification Registration and Blocking System (DIRBS) which benefits the state treasury amounting to Rs 32 billion. As a result, revenues totaled Rs 54 billion.

“The Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX) touched 42,281 points with an increase of 1,213 points. Pakistan Citizen Portal completed two years. 27,000 complaints have been registered on the app and 94% have been resolved. ”


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GO NZ: An interesting alternative to popular attractions in New Zealand | Instant News

Stonehenge Aotearoa is a full-scale adaptation of Stonehenge – and a stargazer’s paradise. Photo / Stonehenge Aotearoa.

While previously redundant tourist destinations are becoming more attractive and accessible to the average Kiwi with international borders closed, that doesn’t mean we won’t be competing for space in the busy summer months. Everyone has the same agenda, which means it’s also time to consider alternatives. Of course, there are some experiences – like traversing the volcanic landscape of Tongariro Crossing, or having a cool drink at Hobbiton’s Green Dragon Inn – that just can’t be duplicated.

But others can. If you do a little research, you’ll find that many of New Zealand’s popular attractions have lesser-known partners and are often cheaper. Here are six close siblings of some must-do activities in the country.

Explore shallow hot pools on the fine black volcanic sand at Kawhia hot springs.  Photo / Sally Jackson.
Explore shallow hot pools on the fine black volcanic sand at Kawhia hot springs. Photo / Sally Jackson.

Dig your private spa in the sand

An hour south of Raglan, Kawhia is a quiet seaside village with a harbor full of peas, oysters and mussels. It’s also where you’ll find one of the lesser known hot spring beaches. (Yes, there is more than one.)

The drill is exactly the same as in the Coromandel. At low tide, drive to the end of Ocean Beach Rd, where you’ll find a black, soulless beach above. You have to bring your own shovel. Watch for signs of steam rising from the sand and start digging. Once you reach the hot springs of Te Puia Springs, soak in the knowledge that somewhere across the island, lots of people are screaming for the same thing.

Try one of the world’s best burgers

Oh, Fergburger. Even if you’ve never seen the queues for this Queenstown institution, you’ve probably read blog posts or articles all about the burgers: how juicy the meat is, how tender the bread is and how amazing it is. it’s open for almost 21 hours a day.

What they don’t get romantic about, however, is how long you have to wait in line. If you are too hungry to wait in line, all you need to do is head over to the Devil Burger. Offering a similar product, at the same price, that is what the locals are for.

Seeing kiwis anywhere is special, but conditions on Kapiti Island increase your chances.  Photo / Provided.
Seeing kiwis anywhere is special, but conditions on Kapiti Island increase your chances. Photo / Provided.

Find kiwi in the wild

Thanks to its remote location and difficult sea crossings to get there, Rakiura (Stewart Island) remains relatively flawless compared to other popular tourist destinations. However, it is still struggling under the load of attractive visitors; pre-pandemic, about 44,000 people were visited per year. That’s about 111 tourists for each resident.

The island’s main attraction is the rare opportunity to see kiwis in the wild. It’s home to around 13,000 of New Zealand’s 68,000 kiwi, and the subspecies that live here can sometimes even be seen during the day for insects by the beach.

The catch? If seeing kiwi is your only goal, travel long distances without the guarantee you’ll see it.

Alternatively, there are a number of fenced predator-free shelters on the North Island and South Island that offer nighttime kiwi tours, including Wellington’s Zealandia and Waikato’s Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari. But the two hour tour presents a very limited window of time for viewing elusive birds, which is why it is so worthwhile to spend a night on Kāpiti Island.

This predator-free island is home to around 1,400 tiny looking kiwis, presenting one of the most reliable opportunities to spot them. Starting at $ 395 per adult ($ 230 per child), Kāpiti Island Nature Tours kiwi-sightseeing packages include transportation, accommodation in a glamping tent or cabin, and guided night tours.

Mount Aspiring National Park offers some of the most impressive walks in the country.  Photo / Provided
Mount Aspiring National Park offers some of the most impressive walks in the country. Photo / Provided

Hike one of New Zealand’s iconic walks

When Lonely Planet released its Ultimate Travel List earlier this month, 13 Kiwi destinations qualified, with Fiordland National Park topping the 29th position.Most visitors opt to take a boat tour through Milford Sound, but that area came first. undeniably the Milford Track. One of New Zealand’s 10 Great Walks, dubbed “the world’s best walk,” takes hikers through valleys carved by glaciers, past ancient rainforests and cascading waterfalls.

However, its reputation means it’s expensive (the hut costs $ 70 per person per night alone) and very difficult to book. Earlier this year, spots on track for the 2020-2021 season were almost sold out within 10 minutes of opening the booking system.

However, even though there are only 10 “Great Streets” in New Zealand, there are dozens of “great roads.”

The closest connection to the Milford Track is the Gillespie Pass Circuit, a 58 km loop best suited for experienced hikers with river crossing skills. Located near Mount Aspiring National Park, it also takes four days, reaches an altitude of 1,600 meters, and has serviced lodges along the way. And on publication, reservations are still available for the hut (only $ 20) during the holiday period.

On a Lake District Adventures nighttime kayaking tour, you'll paddle along the shores of Lake Karapiro to see glowworms.  Photo / Provided.
On a Lake District Adventures nighttime kayaking tour, you’ll paddle along the shores of Lake Karapiro to see glowworms. Photo / Provided.

Experience the magic of collecting glowworms

Waitomo is not the only place where large numbers of glowworms gather. For a cheap and fun version of the same, you can head to the DOC-run Waipū Caves in Northland, which are completely free to access.

If you don’t want to stray far from Waitomo and be in it for glowworms (not caves) sign up for the Lake District Adventures night kayaking tour ($ 109). On a four hour sunset excursion, you will paddle along the shores of Lake Karapiro. As dark falls, you’ll drift silently on the Pokaiwhenua Stream, your path only lighted by glow worms. The effect is very subtle, and with fewer people, your oar hitting the water is the only sound you’ll hear.

Stargazing in the Dark Sky Nature Reserve

Aoraki Mackenzie Dark Sky Reserve is an area known for its low levels of light pollution and many nights with bright stars. Currently, it may be the only one of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere – but it won’t last long. Wairarapa is currently preparing to become the world’s largest Dark Sky Reserve, a designation which is expected to come later this year.

This is where you can experience some of the most unique and personalized astronomy tours in the country. For example, Becky Bateman of the local Under the Stars will bring her telescope straight to your accommodation. Then there’s Stonehenge Aotearoa, a full-scale adaptation of Stonehenge. If you show up on Friday or Saturday at 8:30 p.m., you’ll have the opportunity to look through the telescope and learn how the structure works. General admission is $ 15.

For more New Zealand travel ideas and inspiration, visit newzealand.com


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